Skelton Grange

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Skelton Grange offers training for teachers, nursery staff, childminders and environmental professionals for Learning Outside the Classroom.

We also run lots of events and courses for anyone to get involved in just for fun!

What we have to offer:
 

7th May 2015: Nature Play for Early Years

7th May 2015: Nature Play for Early Years

Outdoor play is a statutory requirement in Early Years and Nature Play, playing in and with nature, is a crucial element of this.  We cover the benefits of nature play and how to manage risk, and then  run through loads of ideas for activities and games that will enable you to confidently encourage children to explore, discover and learn in their natural environment.

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Thursday 14th May 2015 7.30pm: It's Newtiful - Amphibian survey

Thursday 14th May 2015 7.30pm: It's Newtiful - Amphibian survey

A chance head out by torchlight to help with the annual amphibian surveys on our 5 ponds! The third of three surveys, and as it warms up - we aim to catch the newt breeding season. Wrap up warm and bring a good torch if you have one.

Do drop us a line at skelton@tcv.org.uk to let us know if you are coming

Thurs 28th May 2015: Bushcraft for 8-12 year olds!

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds:

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Sat 6th June 2015: Special Bushcraft for Adults & 14+

Want to come and join in the fun? Adults dropping off their kids at our popular bushcraft days keep asking us if they can have a go too....

Led by woodsman Dan Watson with many years bushcrafting experience, come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods. Learn knife and saw skills by making cooking devices, how to light fires and identify plants on a walk around the Skelton Grange site and hone your tracking skills through games!

The cost per adult for the day is £50 and £30 for 14-18yrs, and includes a day of outdoor bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders.

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

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Sat 13th June 2015: Phil Bradley willow hare workshop - FULLY BOOKED

Master Willow Weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another willow weaving and sculpture course. During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own such as a hare, sheep or chicken, and all materials and tools will be provided.Cost £65 per person

Feedback from last time : A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds near Cockermouth

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Sat 27th June 2015: Summer Wild Food Walk and Gourmet Meal

Craig Worrall of Edible Leeds will be leading a Wild Food Walk around Skelton Grange Environment Centre’s beautiful wildlife area. You will get to learn so much about the opportunities that nature offers us for free, and enjoy a delicious three course meal, with drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic) included. All recipes use wild & organic ingredients. Craig's courses with us are very popular, so do book soon...

Example Menu :

Starters: Wild Watercress Gazpacho, Homemade Goats Cheeses & Seaweed Crackers
Mains: Wild Spring Green Risotto, Wild Salad w/ Raspberry Vinaigrette & Wild Garlic

Sorbet: BreadSweet Cicely Sorbet to refresh the palette
Dessert: Japanese Knotweed & Creme Patissiere Tart w/ Vanilla & Orange Zest Chantilly Cream
Drinks: Wild alcohols, cordials & Fresh Herb Teas

Craig will also bring along various preserves for you to try

The event will be from 10am-4pm and include time for food and socialising.

Cost £50 per adult, £10 for under 16's.

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Sat 4th July 2015: Chris Moss wire bird workshop

Yorkshire artist Chris Moss makes the most amazing wire and metal sculptures of birds and other animals, and we are really pleased to welcome her back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another wire bird workshop. During the day you will learn to create a wire bird of your own such as a duck, chicken or pheasant, and all materials and tools will be provided. Cost £65 per person

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Weds 22nd July 2015: Bushcraft for 8-12 year olds!

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds:

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Thurs 23rd July 2015: Bushcraft for 8-12 year olds!

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds:

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

27th-31st July 2015: Summer playscheme for 8-12 yrs - ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT!

This playscheme is ALL about getting outside and we aim to be out in the fresh air for most of the day, every day! Past events have included: Shelter building, fire lighting, outdoor games, nature study, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

A week long playscheme with loads of healthy outdoor fun and games, from 9am 'til 5pm each day, £150 for five full days

Earlybird booking £130 by 21st April!!

"My daughter says this was the best week of all the summer holidays! She made friends, bows and arrows, campfire food and some wonderful memories. As a parent I can't thank you enough for your kind, caring staff who were great fun and engaged our kids in such a brilliant week of activities. "

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

26th-27th Aug 2015: Into the Wilderness 2 day/1 night adventure for 10-14 yrs

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend two days in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts, storytelling, environmental games and general mayhem! Past Into the Wilderness events have included: shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making....

2 day adventure with 1 night sleepover for 10-14 year olds. Set in beautiful private woodland near Leeds, two packed days of woodland crafts, games, campfire cooking and the chance to build your own shelter - and sleep out in it!

£75 for two days and one night - kids can be dropped off between 8-10am on the first day, and collected between 4-6pm on the second day. DBS checked, fully risk assessed and run by experienced leaders.

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Weds 16th Sept 2015: Phil Bradley willow deer workshop

Master Willow Weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another willow weaving and sculpture course. During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own such as a deer or sheep, and all materials and tools will be provided. Cost £65 per person

Feedback from last time : A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds near Cockermouth

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Click here for more info and to make a booking

Custom made courses for your school or organisation

We can design and deliver custom made courses just for your school. In the past we have run the above courses in house and have also designed courses around 'Getting the whole school gardening' and 'Getting started with outdoor learning - a mixture of practical and theory'. Courses can last a half or whole day (and can be run as twilight sessions). They can be run here at Skelton Grange or in your own school grounds. Contact us for prices and availablity.

Trainers at Skelton Grange

All our in-house trainers are all qualified primary school teachers and have enjoyed running successful environmental activities with children from Leeds schools for many, many years! They have experience of working with all ages and abilities, in lots of different settings and have a real passion and enthusiasm for working with children outdoors. In our work we are also lucky enough to meet some very inspirational people, and we have persuaded some of them to run other exciting events at Skelton Grange.

The venue

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is in South Leeds, conveniently located close to the M1 and M621, with ample free car parking available and also served by frequent buses from Leeds city centre and a cycle path. A beautiful, award winning eco-building, with many environmental features including rainwater recycling, solar panels and photo voltaic cells, the centre is located in a 2 hectare wildlife area - all fully accessible to wheelchair users. The building is also available for hire for your own events - click here for more details.